By Chris McKenna
Posted Apr 23, 2018
WOODBURY - The cost of having two governing boards for virtually the same territory in Woodbury has just gone up a bit.
The $10.1 million budget the Village Board adopted this month includes raises for the mayor and trustees, narrowing a large gap between what they and their counterparts on the Town Board earn.
Coming on the heels of two up-and-down changes in the town supervisor’s salary, the village pay increases will bring the combined salaries of the 10 people on those two boards to more than $160,000 ....
CONSOLIDATION DOES NOT GET RID OF THE VILLAGE OR THE TOWN
IT KEEPS THE PROTECTION THE VILLAGE PROVIDES
IT REDUCES OVERHEAD
IT REDUCES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON TOWN AND VILLAGE FROM 10 TO 5
IT MAKES IT EASIER TO FIND DUPLICATION AND IMPROVE EFFICIENCY
IT COORDINATES BUDGET CYCLES OF TOWN AND VILLAGE FOR TRANSPARENCY
IT WILL EVENTUALLY REQUIRE AN ELECTION OF 5 TOWN AND BOARD MEMBERS TO REPLACE THE 10 PEOPLE NOW IN OFFICE.
STATE GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE AND THE STATE ASSEMBLY AND SENATORS WE ELECT WILL BE ABLE TO HELP.
TOWN AND VILLAGE WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SUE EACH OTHER.